Taya Kyle, the widow of legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, beat NRA World Shooting Champion Bruce Piatt to win the the Inaugural American Sniper Shootout in Mason, Texas.
But Kyle, who admits to being a novice shooter, had some high-tech help: TrackingPoint, a special target-assisted system that allows shooters to use computers inside the weapon to calculate the best firing solution based on factors such as wind, temperature, and bullet drop.
“The technology of the gun was developed based on conversations with Chris [Kyle] about what factors a marksman has to consider with every shot,” Kyle told Fox News.
TrackingPoint was so confident in its product that it offered Piatt a million bucks if he won. Kyle managed to hit 100% of her 29 targets, while the pro marksman hit a comparatively unremarkable 58.6%, proving once and for all that if and when the robot uprising comes, we're all screwed.
Of course, to the victor goes the spoils. In this case, the Saturday shootout raised $500,000 for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which provides "meaningful, interactive experiences to service members, first responders and their families, aimed at enriching their family relationships."
Chris Kyle was the most lethal sniper in American history. Over the course of four combat deployments to Iraq, he racked up over 160 confirmed kills, and became known as "The Legend" to his admirers and "The Devil of Ramadi" to his foes. Kyle was the subject of Clint Eastwood's 2014 blockbuster film American Sniper, based on Kyle's best-selling memoir of the same name.
In 2013, Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered by Eddie Ray Routh, a mentally troubled former Marine. Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to a shooting range as part of a program to help veterans suffering from PTSD.
Through the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, Taya Kyle has carried on her late husband's mission to help other service members, as well as emergency first responders, in a similar way.